Take a run on the wild side


The Kangaroo Island Marathon was established in 2015, and has welcomed runners from 21 countries and every state in Australia. The event is held annually at Flinders Chase National Park – at the western end of the island.  The 2021 event to be held in May, is a sellout, and in fact, there is a waiting list.

With the need for more running events, and following COVID, the event organisers pivoted and have created a second event called the WILDROO. Sponsored by Kangaroo Island Oats, the Kangaroo Island WILDROO Ultra Marathon has been designed to showcase the Dudley Peninsula – at the eastern end of the island. The inaugural event is set for Friday 10 September 2021 and offers runners the choice of a 30K or 60K race distance.


“We expect the 30K option to be popular with many recreational runners, particularly those who might have previously run a half marathon but don’t feel ready to step up to a full marathon (42K). Runners will be transported by bus to Cape Willoughby lighthouse for the start, slicing their way through a series of unique running trails before descending into Penneshaw township” said Race Director Nate Godfrey.    

The WILDROO Ultra course route starts and finishes in the quaint township of Penneshaw. A sunrise hill climb transports runners to the top of Dudley Peninsula providing panoramic ocean views to mainland South Australia. Runners will head south crossing over Chapman River and looping around Cape Willoughby lighthouse, before a detour across coastal farm trails that pass by Antechamber Bay. The final stretch descends a historic tree lined canopy called Binney's track, returning runners to the local footy oval where they'll be greeted by family and friends.


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